Jordy Shulman’s hazel eyes handle to glitter even over a patchy FaceTime connection. He can’t assist it -- the 23-year-old, who performs below his first title, is all too excited for the world to listen to “Just Friends,” the newest single from his forthcoming EP, Welcome to the Friend Zone (due early 2019).
Sporting a pale pink sweatshirt and a caramel-colored beanie, Shulman is classically good-looking, resembling a younger Jake Gyllenhaal (“You are too good,” he says of the comparability). But even he has been on the receiving finish of the “simply buddies” speech too many instances to rely.
“People on this scenario, we by no means know,” Jordy explains. “It may very well be my persona. It may very well be that the opposite particular person is in a spot the place they don't wish to be relationship anybody. People match or they don't, and I've had emotions for individuals the place we clearly don't match -- and it damage actually dangerous.”
It’s that nothing-to-hide honesty that makes “Just Friends” immediately relatable. Whether overtly speaking about being turned down or struggling to make it in his adopted dwelling of Los Angeles, Shulman is unafraid to put on his feelings on his sleeve.
He moved to Los Angeles one yr in the past (to the day) and admits there have been many ups and downs: “It's a tough metropolis to reside in. Dating [specifically] has been actually troublesome. I'm not an enormous app man, and also you simply received't discover me at The Abbey. You received't discover me at a number of locations the place individuals like me congregate. I get anxious in these settings -- I'm simply making an attempt to determine it out.”
Jordy says that the monitor was largely impressed by two unsuccessful makes an attempt at relationship after transferring to LA. Inspiration struck when a man who had been giving him flirty cues (“He would, like, FaceTime simply to speak, and I used to be completely into it,” he shares) advised Jordy the emotions weren’t mutual. Fed up, he texted his roommate, co-writer Will Jay and the pair cranked out the tune on the piano of their front room that very same evening.
“Just Friends” is simply a style of Jordy’s delicate appeal; his earnestness shines by on beforehand launched better-off-alone anthem “Be With Me.” Both tracks can be included on the EP, which Jordy guarantees will proceed to discover themes of rejection and loneliness by the lens of hope and empowerment.
“Every tune isn’t a celebration of happiness, however each tune is masked by actually comfortable manufacturing,” he says. “And I wish to try this in a approach that reclaims that rejection, that reclaims the loneliness.”
His recommendation for doing simply that? “If you’re somebody who's trying to share your life with somebody, if that’s a purpose of yours and also you’re alone proper now, make the most of being alone. This is the one time you’ll should do issues only for you.”
Check out the brand new music video for “Just Friends” (premiering on Billboard) under.